Trimble unveils new integrated UAV survey solution
Trimble has introduced a new integrated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solution designed for the survey and geospatial markets. The system consists of the Trimble UX5 aerial imaging rover with the Trimble Access aerial imaging application.
The integrated solution can also be combined with the Trimble Business Center photogrammetry office software module, which provides a complete UAV photogrammetric mapping solution specifically designed for surveyors and geospatial professionals.
The system allows users to quickly collect data for large projects that previously were carried out by traditional surveying methods, including topographic surveying, site and route planning, progress monitoring, volume calculations, disaster analysis; as well as surveying, oil and gas, mining, environmental services, and agriculture services.
Erik Arvesen, vice president of Trimble's Survey Division, said: ‘With the recent introduction of the Trimble Business Center photogrammetry module and now the Trimble UX5 and Trimble Access aerial imaging application, Trimble continues to pioneer the development of UAS photogrammetry data collection and integration for geospatial professionals.
‘The complete solution represents a significant leap in efficiency, transforming traditional workflows with faster data collection, easier processing and enhanced deliverables.’
The imaging application has been designed for intuitive operation. The application is used to define the project area, avoidance zones, and flight parameters as well as take-off and landing locations. In the field, it is used to perform pre- and post-flight checks and download the flight data and images after landing. Digital checklists give the operator a complete ‘to do list’ so critical steps are not bypassed or missed in the field that can enhance reliable and safe flights. The software also includes fixed post-flight procedures to ensure that operators do not leave the field with a dataset that is incomplete or inconsistent.
The Trimble UX5 can provide a safer method to collect data compared to traditional surveying methods. Flights are fully automated, from launch to landing, and require no piloting skills. The operator facilitates the aircraft's operation and built-in safety procedures can ensure safe and successful launches. Data collection can be performed remotely without exposing individuals to hazardous terrain, environmental contaminants or heavy equipment and machinery.
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